Cosby Primary School

"Working Together for Excellence"

0116 286 3103

office@cosby.school

Portland Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE9 1TE

Curriculum at Cosby


At Cosby, we believe strongly in the provision of a broad, balanced and creative curriculum for all pupils. The curriculum areas that will be covered are planned to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum 2014 by all children allowing both for their differing abilities and for single age and vertically grouped classes. As we have a large number of staff, many with specialist subjects or skills, the children will, from time to time, work with  other teachers.


The teachers meet regularly to discuss and plan the content of their lessons and to ensure that the children receive their entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Teachers are continually assessing the progress of each individual child. These assessments are supported by more formal assessments that are built into the
planning by each teacher. Teachers use a variety of teaching methods depending upon the subject being taught and the needs of the children, to support, challenge and reinforce the learning process. Class lessons, group and individual work will take place in all classrooms.


The school believes in providing a strong education in the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics broadened by the other National Curriculum subjects and R.E.


We expect the children to remain courteous at all times, to work to the best of their ability and to show respect towards other people. We aim to develop the child’s self-esteem while encouraging the children to take an active part in their own learning.


THE CURRICULUM


The school’s curriculum documentation and policies ensure full coverage of the school curriculum by all children.


The National Curriculum subjects covered are -


English (including Reading)
Mathematics
Science
Computing
Design Technology
History
Geography
M.F.L. - French (Key Stage 2)
P.E.
Art
Music
R.E. is also taught, but is not part of the National Curriculum.


We supplement the National Curriculum with additional areas that we consider to be important.
This includes planned play (Infants), Learning Journeys, Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship.
Due to the necessity for vertically grouped classes, we operate a two year rolling programme to ensure that there is both continuity and progression with no repetition of themes. There is a discrete English and Maths lesson every day with the rest of the curriculum content carefully mapped into curriculum themes to ensure that there is a progression of both knowledge and skills through the school with a wide range of enjoyable and creative learning activities which provide every child with opportunities to reinforce and apply
their learning.


Whenever possible we aim to enrich the curriculum offered to children. The children will go on village studies, class visits and will be visited by artists and theatre groups. This will develop the broad and balanced curriculum that we provide for the children. The Year Six children have the opportunity to participate in a Residential visit.
Teachers’ planning and teaching is carefully monitored by the Head teacher and senior staff to ensure the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum that is matched to the needs of each child. Teachers will use a range of teaching strategies that best match the learning styles of the children and the subject being taught. This will include whole class teaching, individual work and a range of grouping. Where appropriate, teachers group the children in their class by ability.


EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE


The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum at Cosby Primary School is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum 2012, which sets out clear Learning Objectives and Outcomes for the education of children from birth to the end of their Reception Year, at age five. It is envisaged that most children will have achieved the Early Learning Goals, as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage document, by the end of their time in the Reception class.


However some children will still be working towards these as they enter Year 1 (Key Stage 1). Other children will have achieved the Early Learning Goals whilst still in Reception and will begin to work within Level 1 of the National Curriculum.


Areas of Learning and Development


There are seven areas of learning and development that are integrated into our Early Years Foundation Stage provision. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.


These three areas, the prime areas, are:


• communication and language
• physical development
• personal, social and emotional development


In addition there are four specific areas, through which the three prime areas
are strengthened and applied.


The specific areas are:


• literacy
• mathematics
• understanding the world
• expressive arts and design


Phonic and Reading Development at Cosby Primary School


At Cosby Primary School, we use a structured approach to the teaching of phonics using the stages of development as outlined in the Letters to Sounds Guidance.


Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught how to:


 recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;
 identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make - such as
‘sh’ or ‘oo’;
 blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.


Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read. Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way - starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to the most complex – it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read. It is particularly helpful for children aged 5–7. Almost all children who receive good teaching of phonics will learn the skills they need to tackle new words. They can then go on to read any kind of text
accurately, fluently and confidently, and to read for enjoyment. In the Foundation Stage and in years 1 and 2 all pupils take part in a daily session of phonics teaching as they work through the different stages. They will often be given follow up activities to do at home to help them to reinforce their learning. In Reception, the children are given a phonics based homework task every week.


The majority of pupils will have mastered all of the phonics stages and be ready to move on to more complex reading and spelling skills in Key Stage 2.


Where this is not the case, additional support will be provided.
Alongside the phonics based learning, the children will also develop their reading skills.


In Reception and Key Stage 1, the children bring home two books each week to share with parents and carers as well as with school staff. The books will be at a level appropriate for your child’s stage of development and will give plenty of opportunity for children to apply what they have been learning in their letters and sounds work. We encourage parents and carers to read with their children for a short time each day and to use the Home-School Book as a way to communicate what your child has read. The home school book will tell you whether your child has enjoyed a particular book and shows any particular problems or successes he or she has had.
As the children progress into Key Stage 2, they will be taught specific reading and spelling skills as part of the daily Literacy lesson. Again, additional follow up activities may be given to reinforce learning at home. Although children are not heard to read individually, unless there is a specific difficulty with reading development, all children participate in guided reading sessions. This involves a small group of children, at the same level, reading and sharing a book together. These sessions are designed not just to enhance reading decoding skills, but to develop more complex skills such as comprehension, inference and deduction. Throughout their time at school we aim to instil a love of reading in our children, encouraging them to read little and often across a variety of styles and genres. We often run additional activities to promote an enjoyment of reading. These include visits to the local library, participation in World Book Day, author visits and reading challenges.


If you would like to find out more about the curriculum we offer at Cosby Primary School, please do contact us
to make an appointment to meet with our Head Teacher, who will be more than happy to tell you more.